Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is taking shape at the site of the former Hard Rock Hotel and today the resort announced one of the most anticipated features of any new Las Vegas property: the restaurants.
Richard Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality LLC, owner of Virgin Las Vegas, confirmed last year that a few of the popular restaurants from the Hard Rock days would be making the transition into its new form, including the first Nobu location in Las Vegas, MB Steak and Pizza Forte. He also teased the return of Olives from James Beard Award-winning chef Todd English, who previously operated venues at Bellagio at the Shops at Crystals. Olives will take the space of the former 35 Steaks + Martinis at the northern end of the property.
Newly announced dining offerings include: the Commons Club, a 24-hour restaurant and bar “with British brasserie sensibility”; Night + Market, an acclaimed Los Angeles Thai eatery from chef Kris Yenbamroong; Kassi Beach Club, a restaurant and ultralounge from Southern California’s Nick Mathers focused on Italian and Mediterranean flavors; the Hakkasan Group’s Casa Calavara, a high-energy Mexican restaurant and cantina; Money, Baby!, a poolside indoor-outdoor sports bar and eatery from Justin Massei; and Afters Ice Cream, the SoCal sweet treat and donut ice cream sandwich hot spot.
Virgin officials announced in August that a property opening date will be identified by mid-September. The resort previously planned to open in November and confirmed that while construction is on track for a fall arrival, market conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic could change the opening date.